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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Skipping the College Stage

Way before I became a mother, and before I worked at Word & Deed, I worked at Empire Valley Farms. When I think back on those days my eyes twinkle and a smile crosses my face. Those were days spent with my dear friend Becky who later became my sister-in-law. We worked long hours in the packing barn sorting cucumbers, tomatoes, and green peppers.

I was brought back to those days filled with hard work and laughter this weekend as I past the tomatoes in the vegetable aisle. The earthy, tangy smell reached out to me and pulled memories to mind about the chatter between two teenage girls dreaming of what lay ahead.

As we worked Becky made sure we enjoyed what we were doing. I used to stare at her in amazement as she would pull a tomato off the belt that moved the fruit we were sorting, and take a BIG juicy bite. It looked SO delicious but there was no way I could eat a tomato without something to go with it. The peppers on the other hand appealed to me. I tried to work up the nerve to take a bite of a jumbo, crisp green Bell pepper but to no avail. Who eats peppers like an apple?! People would surely think I’m weird and what if the boss saw me! So all the peppers went in the boxes as Becky rolled her eyes at me for being so…who knows what?!

Neither of us had any solid plans for the future and when asked if we’d be going to college in the Fall we would giggle and say that we were skipping the college stage and going straight to the barn. Why waste money on an education when people end up being labourers with a degree anyway we thought. Short sighted I know.

Eventually Becky did go to college and earned her PSW degree (Personal Support Worker) and it serves her well. I applied to Westervelt College and was accepted but in the mean time was hired by
Word & Deed Ministries. The job took priority and I never did get a degree. Now I realise that an education is never wasted but there are many ways to be educated. I learned a lot in the work environment and am learning even more now that I am a mother. I do look forward to the possibility of going to college someday when the kiddos are all grown up, but for now they are my teachers.

So here’s to Becky, and the tomatoes for the fond memories and the great education! :O)

8 comments:

Amy said...

nice post, Mel! I hope the whole college thing works for me...

:S
lol

Ben&Heather said...

What a fun post Mel! Keep 'em coming:-)

Marlene said...

Mel, I think that you should move my blog under the heading "people you will meet someday"! :) haven't seen you in forever! come for a visit...

Lynnette Feijer said...

Hey Mel that is such a sweet post!! LOL Don't worry...I seem to think that being a mother would be much more rewarding than a career!!
C U this weekend and the sweet girls!

Jannyne said...

That was fun to read! I can just picture Becky taking a big bite out of a tomato :0)
I'm enjoying the songs playing on your blog - between yours and Kathryn's, I sometimes leave them up while I'm on other websites, just for something nice to listen to.

Danielle said...

That is sooo funny! I can just picture Beck chomping down on a tomato=0)

Nick and Anita said...

Great post, Mel! Kind of reminded me of picking cukes, which was one of the worst jobs on earth, but somehow the memories are almost all good...

Ruth & Jason said...

Who doesn't have fond memories like that of times with our dear Becky? It's crazy how life moves so fast, and how ideas, dreams and plans change. Fun post =)